In a win for the cannabis industry, a new study finds that using the plant before sex could help women have multiple orgasms. The Journal of Cannabis Research published the study last week. Out of 811 participants, over 70% reported increased orgasm intensity and sexual desire.
Cannabis Use Could Help Men and Women Achieve Better Orgasms
Participants volunteered and answered questions via an online Qualtrics survey. Criteria included that they were over age 18 and had used cannabis in the past. Cannabis use was primarily via smoking the plant but also included topicals, smoking oils or wax, and edibles.
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While both men and women reported increased sexual arousal after using cannabis, women were much more likely to be affected. Both men and women experienced more intense orgasms. But over 93% of men reported no increased ability to get an erection and over 92% reported that weed didn’t lengthen how long they stayed hard.
Women Get a Better Deal With the Potential to Have Multiple Orgasms
Conversely, over 40% of women said that cannabis increased their ability to achieve multiple orgasms.
People who used weed products before masturbation were also more likely to experience more pleasure.
In addition to orgasm frequency and intensity, the study found that cannabis use heightened the senses of taste and touch in over 71% of users.
There is a caveat, however. The researchers pointed out that “those who reported intentionally using cannabis before sex had significantly higher scale scores than those who reported not intentionally using cannabis before sex.” In other words, there may have been a bit of a placebo effect.
Additionally, although the study was open to everyone who qualified, most people who partook were white American women. The researchers noted that those surveyed didn’t truly represent the entire population. Also, other factors such as mental health or other medications or drugs weren’t taken into account.
Cannabis Has Been Associated With Better Sex For a Long Time, According to Its Users
Cannabis has long been thought to be an aphrodisiac. Renowned astronomer Carl Sagan once wrote an essay about his love for the plant.
“Cannabis also enhances the enjoyment of sex — on the one hand it gives an exquisite sensitivity, but on the other hand it postpones orgasm,” he wrote.
As the New York Times pointed out last year, cannabis research has historically been stunted due to it being illegal in many areas. Additionally, self-reporting can lead to skewed data and biases.
Support for the legalization of weed has been steadily increasing over the years. A Pew Research poll from November 2022 showed that 88% of American adults think pot should be legalized in some way, whether for medical reasons or recreation. That’s more than the previous year, when a Quinnipiac University poll showed 70% supported legalization. As of now, only 4 states in the US still label marijuana as fully illegal.
The moral of the story? If you have legal access to cannabis and choose to use it, it might make your sex life better. And if you’re a woman who has yet to experience multiple orgasms, weed might help.